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June at Baxter's Hollow

Our hike took place on a steamy

June 29 afternoon deep in an upland

forest portion of

The Nature Conservancy's

wild preserve known locally

as the Big Woods

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Thanks to TNC's Baraboo Hills Coordinator Ann Calhoun for her talk on managing land for more oak openings. Mourning Warblers and Acadian Flycatchers with a distant song of Wood Thrush almost made us forget the heat and humidity.

 

We rehydrated at a restored log cabin in Freedom Township after our walk. Pulled chicken sandwiches, dishes to pass and local musicians made for a night of laughter, dancing, fireflies under a sky full of stars and distant lightning. Cheers to the Mountain Road Trio.

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Photos from the Hollow

Upper left photo of UW-Madison Wildlife Ecology graduate student Maia Persche and TNC's Ann Calhoun talking bird research at this site.

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Summer in the Baraboo Hills, do catch it while you can